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As of 1 October 2018 Wallingbrook Health Group will be extending their opening hours .

Chulmleigh Reception will now open from 8.00am to 6.30pm, the telephone lines will be open from 8.30am to 6.00pm.

Chulmleigh Dispensary will be open from 8.30am to 6.00pm.

*Please note: Chulmleigh Dispensary will be closed on the 3rd Monday of each month between 1.00pm and 2.00pm for staff training.

Winkleigh Surgery opening hours remain as 8.30am to 1.00pm, 2.00pm to 6.00pm



Latest News

Next surgery closure date

Winkleigh surgery will next be closed on Thursday 15 November 2018 - closed from 12.30pm till 2.30pm.

Chulmleigh surgery will next be closed on - 2019 dates to be confirmed

Should you require urgent same day attention please call 111.

Self Care Week 2018

Self-Care Week: 12-18 November 2018


Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self-care across communities, families, and generations.

Invest in your future self this Self Care Week (12 – 18 November) by making small changes that can make a big difference.

Choosing Self Care for Life is about making improvements in your life to protect your physical health and mental wellbeing.

Follow these small steps to a healthier you:

  • Get active; advice is to exercise for at least twenty minutes a day, it’s ideal if you can incorporate this into your day by ditching the car and walking to work, or walking the dog, taking the stairs or even dancing around the kitchen table to your favourite songs!
  • Eat well. We all know that healthy eating is crucial to our health so we can start by swapping unhealthy snacks for healthy options such as nuts, seeds, and fruit.
  • Make positive changes! Take steps to stop those bad habits that don’t serve you well. This Self Care Week make a plan to stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake and get active!
  • Rest. A good’s night’s sleep is as essential to our health and wellbeing as eating healthily and exercising so, make sure you get the recommended 7-8 hours a night!
  • Stop! These days we lead have such busy lives that we sometimes forget to slow down and stop. Find time in your day to just quieten your mind. Mindfulness or yoga might be helpful.

 For more information about Self-Care, please see the Self-Care Forum.

Choose the Correct Health Service

During Self Care Week we want to remind you to choose well when accessing local health services.

Some health conditions such as sprains, colds, and coughs can be treated at home or with advice from a pharmacist without a trip to the GP or A&E. Using the right health service for your health needs will save you time and help take pressure off the NHS.

Do You Need A&E?

Before visiting A&E, consider whether there is a service better suited to your health needs. Think about using information on the NHS website, calling NHS 111 or visiting your pharmacy for health advice. Don’t spend hours waiting for an A&E appointment for something you may be able to treat at home or with help from the pharmacist.

A&E is for serious, life-threatening conditions such as severe bleeding, heart attacks, badly broken bones whilst urgent care and walk-in centres can help you with non-serious injuries such as cuts, sprains, broken bones, scalds, and minor eye injuries.

Book an Appointment at Your Surgery

To get the best from your GP make an appointment if you have an illness or injury that will not go away such as persistent vomiting, ear pain, stomach ache or backache. It is vital to remember that self-care is not no care and if you feel like you need to see your GP then make an appointment.

Visit Your Local Pharmacy For Help

Local pharmacists can help with all sorts of healthcare advice and treatment without an appointment, as well as minor, short-term conditions. They can also help with services such as stop smoking, weight management and sexual health. If we feel you need it, they can also signpost you to another NHS service. They are there to help.

Choose Self-Care For Life

More needs to be done to support people to better look after their own health. Empowering individuals to self-care has many benefits for their short-term and long-term health and this is important since people are living longer.

 Helping people to look after their own health, and their family’s health also helps to manage demand on health services.

Flu Vaccinations are available to book

Please contact the surgery on 01769 580295 to arrange an appointment.

For more information on this year's vaccinations please visit click here

NHS England CCG Bulletin

To sign up to the NHS England CCG Bulletin please click here

National Diabetes Audit

Wallingbrook Health Group are taking part in the National Diabetes Audit (NDA).  The NDA check whether people with diabetes are getting good care.  The NDA collects information about diabetes care from GP Practices and hospitals.  This information helps the NHS to improve care.  The use of NDA information is controlled by law and strict rules of confidentiality.  For more information please read the patient leaflet or click here for the poster.

Gluten free food on NHS Prescription

New prescribing guidance for gluten free products are being introduced from 1st July 2017.  Further information can be found here

Defibrillators in Chulmleigh

Public Access Defibrillator

Winston Pincombe’s Garage (situated on the wall in the garage forecourt)

South Molton Street


Additional Defibrillators are kept on the following premises

Wallingbrook Health Centre

Chulmleigh Pavillion Playing Field

Chulmleigh Sports Centre

Chulmleigh Dental Practice

First Responder Service

Defibrillators in Burrington

Public Access Defibrillator

Pickard's Office (situated at the front of the offices)

Main Street


Defibrillators in Lapford

Public Access Defibrillator

Orchard Centre (situated outside the building)

(The Orchard Centre is located in the corner of the main car park in the centre of the village, often used for Parish Meetings, Post Office etc)

Defibrillators in Winkleigh

Public Access Defibrillator

Winkleigh Square

Winkleigh Sports Centre

Additional Defibrillators are kept on the following premises

Winkleigh Surgery

Defibrillators in Chawleigh

Public Access Defibrillator

Outside the village shop

Defibrillators in Ashreigney

Public Access Defibrillator

On the side of the village hall, next to the noticeboard

Useful Telephone Numbers

Please find a list of useful Telephone Numbers in our Further Information section. Click here

New Lapford activity - 'Lapford Cares'

Lapford Cares is a new community initiative for carers, providing an opportunity for carers to meet up, whilst at the same time providing those they care for with stimulating, supervised activities. The community group with run on Thursdays 10.30am - 12noon at Lapford Victory Hall, at a cost of £2.00 per session.

Starts on Thursday 6 September 2018, for more information, please contact Jacqui on 01844 255734 or

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